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The final amendment extends the day of commencement for offences under the act by one year, to 1 July 2020. This amendment will further address stakeholder concerns about the imposition of offences and enable the senior practitioner to work with affected parties to ensure education and system supports are in place to facilitate a successful transition.

The Senior Practitioner Amendment Bill 2019 supports the ACT government’s commitment to improving the lives of all people who are vulnerable and potentially subject to restrictive practices, as well as upholding their human rights. The bill ensures we meet our commitments under the NDIS quality and safeguards commission and the national framework for reducing and eliminating the use of restrictive practices in the disability sector.

I take this opportunity to thank all our community and sector partners, including the relevant unions, for their participation in the consultation process. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Coe) adjourned to the next sitting.

Motor Accident Injuries Bill 2019

Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate resumed from 19 March 2019.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Minister for Tourism and Special Events and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment) (10.42): Before we move into the detail stage debate on the individual clauses of the bill, I take this opportunity to speak briefly about how the government intends to proceed with implementing the new motor accident injuries scheme following the passage of this legislation through the Assembly.

We understand, of course, that there is no such thing as a perfect accident insurance scheme. As we have said from the start of this reform project, we are aiming to deliver a new scheme that best reflects the priorities and values of the broader Canberra community. We have been up-front in acknowledging that there will always be trade-offs and competing views when embarking on an overhaul this significant.

We also understand that in the lead-up to this debate members of this place have been working through which of these trade-offs they are comfortable with and how we can ensure that the new scheme delivers the best possible support for the greatest number of Canberrans who get injured in a motor vehicle accident.

I acknowledge that these have not been easy issues to grapple with. I particularly want to acknowledge Ms Le Couteur and her staff for their detailed engagement in the very fine details of the bill, as well as their determination to ensure that we have

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